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The Austen Family Music Books

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This collection consists of eighteen printed and manuscript music books owned by members of the Austen family, including the writer Jane Austen, in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Many are binder’s volumes, compiled from separate manuscript or printed sheet music items bound together for an individual user. Others are personal manuscript albums made wholly or principally by a single copyist. Although some volumes were compiled as early as the 1750s, the majority date from Jane A...



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Oblong folio, 24 x 30 cm, full calf binding. The manuscript is notated in a pre-ruled music book produced by the firm of Longman and Broderip, No. 26 Cheapside and No. 13 Haymarket. The company traded at this address between 1782 and 1798; the watermark of James Whatman the Younger suggests the book was produced before 1794. The inside front cover includes a 20th-century printed paper label "Jane Austen's House/ Chawton Hampshire" and an earlier hand-coloured rectangular paper label,...
Oblong folio, 25.7 x 30.8 cm, half calf binding with marbled paper over board.  The book was rebound in the late 20th century and the original binding is lost.  Some pages have been cut out post binding.  Paper types include James Whatman the younger (1794), Portal and Bridges (1794) and Edmead and Pine (1795, 1796). The inside front cover and first flyleaf include a manuscript index to the contents.  The first flyleaf is signed "C.E. Austen."  The contents include a single print...
Oblong octavo, 14.2 x 23 cm, full calf binding. The manuscript is notated on printed music manuscript paper folded into eight gatherings of six folios; it is unclear if the book was sold as a blank bound volume, or assembled from the gatherings and bound once the music was entered. The manuscript consists of dances arranged for keyboard, primarily waltzes. The inside front cover is inscribed "Cassandra Jane Knight/ October 2d/1823/ Louisa Knight/ April 24th/1824." The second flyleaf...
Oblong folio, 24 x 30 cm, full calf binding.  The manuscript is notated in a pre-ruled music book produced by the firm of Henry Holland, Nephew and Successor to Mr Pyke organ builder to his Majesty at his manufactorys Bedford Row and St James Street, Piccadilly.  Holland's firm traded at these two addresses between c.1786 and January 1789.  The inside front cover includes a 20th-century printed paper label "Jane Austen's House/ Chawton Hampshire."  The title page features the...
Upright folio, 35.5 x 25.5 cm, half calf binding with marbled paper over board.  The front cover features a rectangular paper label with the manuscript inscription "Songs" similar to the label on Knight 01 .  The volume is similar in some ways to binder's volumes in the collection, but here stubs in the binding enable the removal and addition of different items, which are glued into the stubs rather than being bound into the spine. The inside front cover includes the signature...
Oblong folio, 24.5 x 30 cm, full calf binding. The manuscript is notated in a pre-ruled music book with printed staves of the same type as Jenkyns 01 . The book may have been bound or rebound at a later date, as some pages are missing but do not seem to have been removed from the current binding. The inside cover includes a 20th-century printed paper label "Jane Austen's House/ Chawton Hampshire." The manuscript consists of solo keyboard music and songs. Watermarks are from the Dutch...
Upright folio, 30 x 23 cm, half calf binding with marbled paper over board. The book is made up of items copied out prior to binding, using printed music manuscript paper watermarked Portal & Bridges (undated), James Whatman the younger (1794) and Edmeads & Pine (1794, 1796, and 1797).  The paper is folded into signatures (using three double sheets to create twelve pages), which were used as music notebooks before eventually being bound together.  The inside cover is signed "Eliz...
Upright folio, 32.5 x 24 cm, half calf binding with marbled paper over board.  The front cover includes a red morocco label, gilt stamped "SONGS." The front cover also features a later ink stamp, "Chawton House, Alton, Hants." The inside front cover includes a 20th-century printed paper label "Jane Austen's House/ Chawton Hampshire." The inside front cover includes a manuscript index in the same hand as the indices to CHWJA/19/4 , CHWJA/19/5 and CHWJA/19/7 . The...
Single music manuscript leaf, 34.6 x 25.3 cm, found folded in end leaves of CHWJA/19/1 . The manuscript includes two songs from Dalayrac's Les deux Savoyards , one song, and the "Savage Dance." It is copied on pre-ruled printed music manuscript paper. The music and text hands match those of CHWJA/19/11 , and have tentatively been identified as belonging to Jane Austen by Gammie and McCulloch; Gillaspie has proposed that it is the hand of Eliza Austen, née Hancock (Eliza de Feuillide,...
Upright folio, 33.3 x 24.5 cm, half calf binding, marbled paper over board, printed "Morning Prayer." The first flyleaf is signed "Cass. Eliz th Austen" (Jane Austen's sister, Cassandra Elizabeth Austen (1773-1845); see Jenkyns 03 ). The first flyleaf features a manuscript index to the contents, continuing onto the verso of the leaf, in a different hand than the signature. The first two flyleaves are watermarked 1812. The volume includes printed editions of solo keyboard and...
Upright folio, 33 x 25 cm, half calf binding with marbled paper over board. The front cover features a rectangular red morocco label, gilt stamped "CEMBALO." Both the inside cover and the first flyleaf are signed "Elizabeth Austen" in the same hand (Elizabeth Austen, née Bridges (1773-1808), who married Edward Austen Knight in 1791). The volume contains printed editions of solo keyboard music published between c.1767 and c.1795.  Several items in the compilation are signed...
Oblong folio, 23.7 x 30 cm, full calf binding. The manuscript is notated in a pre-ruled music book with printed staves of the same type as CWJHA/19/1 .  Some pages have been cut out post binding. The inside front cover is signed "Ann Cooper," below which appear "Ann" and a further practice signature or pen trial.  The manuscript consists of solo keyboard music and songs.  The repertoire appears in printed publications from the 1740s and early to mid-1750s.  Item 2...
Single music manuscript leaf, 34.6 x 25.3 cm, found folded in end leaves of CHWJA/19/1 . The manuscript includes two English compositions, a 4-part glee and a song. It is copied on pre-ruled printed music manuscript paper. The music and text hands match those of CHWJA/19/12 , and have tentatively been identified as belonging to Jane Austen by Gammie and McCulloch; Gillaspie has proposed that it is the hand of Eliza Austen, née Hancock (Eliza de Feuillide, 1761-1813). Ownership and current...
Upright folio, 35.5 x 24.7 cm, half calf binding with marbled paper over board.  The front cover includes a rectangular red morocco label, gilt stamped "SONGS."  The inside front cover is signed "Mrs Henry Austen" in same hand as Jenkyns 06 .  The first flyleaf includes a manuscript index to the contents in the same hand as the signature. The volume includes printed editions of vocal (solo and ensemble) and keyboard (solo and duet) music published between c.1795 and...
Upright folio, 34 x 24.5 cm, half calf binding with marbled paper over board. The front cover includes a rectangular paper label with cut corners inscribed "French Songs." The inside front cover is also inscribed "French Songs."  The spine is gilt stamped with the roman numeral I.  The binding matches that of Jenkyns 04 and possibly Knight 01 .  The first flyleaf is signed "Mrs Austen" in the same hand as Jenkyns 04 and Jenkyns 07 .   The volume includes...
Upright folio, 35.5 x 25.3 cm, half calf binding with marbled paper over board.  The spine is gilt stamped with the arabic numeral 2.  The cover is damaged and only a fragment of the marbled paper remains, but the remainder and the spine show the binding matches that of Knight 02 and possibly Knight 01 .  The inside front cover includes a manuscript index to the contents.  The first flyleaf is signed "Mrs Austen" in the same hand as Jenkyns 07 and Knight 02 .   The volume...
Upright folio, 33 x 24 cm, half calf binding with marbled paper over board.   The inside front cover includes a 20th-century printed paper label "Jane Austen's House/ Chawton Hampshire." The second flyleaf is signed "Miss Jane Austen" (see also signature to CHWJA/19/7 ).  The inside front cover includes a manuscript index to the contents in another hand, also used for the indices to CHWJA/19/5 , CHWJA/19/7 and CHWJA/19/8 .  The volume contains printed editions of solo...
Unbound printed sheet music, 35 x 25 cm, of Storace, Beaux yeux and Jeunes coeurs soyez fidelles, the Favorite French Air & Gavotte, Sung by Sign ra Storace at the King's Theatre in the Hay-Market, in the Opera of La Cameriera Astuta . London: Printed for S. Storace, & Sold by Birchall & Andrews, at their Musical Circulating Library, No. 129 New Bond Street. The print is signed "Mrs Austen" in the top left corner, in the hand of Elizabeth Austen, née Bridges. Ownership...
Upright folio, 33.5 x 25 cm, half calf binding with marbled paper over board.  The front cover includes a rectangular paper label inscribed "Nicolai" similar to the label on CHWJA/19/7 . The binding possibly matches those of Jenkyns 04 and Knight 02 .  The inside front cover is inscribed top left "Austen 1787" in the same hand as the top left inscription on the inside cover of CHJWA/19/7 . The book includes Valentino Niccolai's Six Sonatas for the Piano Forte or...
Upright folio, 33 x 24 cm, half calf binding with marbled paper over board. The inside front cover includes a 20th-century printed paper label "Jane Austen's House/ Chawton Hampshire."  The flyleaf is signed "Jane Austen."  The inside cover includes a manuscript index to the contents in another hand, also used for the indices to CHWJA/19/4 , CHWJA/19/7 and CHWJA/19/8 . The signature on the third page of item 10 (image 145) may be that of Ann Cawley, née Cooper, whose...
Upright folio, 33 x 24.7 cm, half calf binding with marbled paper over board.  The inside front cover is signed "Mrs Henry Austen" in same hand as Jenkyns 05 (likely Eleanor Austen, née Jackson, who married Henry Austen in 1820).  The verso of the third flyleaf includes a manuscript index to the contents in a different hand, matching the indices to CHWJA/19/4 , CHWJA/19/5 , CHWJA/19/7 and CHWJA/19/8 .  The third flyleaf is watermarked 1818. The volume includes printed editions of...